St John’s Point in County Donegal has always been known for its dangerous coastline and swirling waters. In fact, way back in 1588, three ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked during storms on nearby Streedagh Strand in County Sligo – within sight of St John’s Point. It took another 250 years for the merchants and traders of Donegal's busy Killybegs harbor to decide upon the need for a guiding light at this spot. Designer George Halpin Senior – one of the era’s most lauded civil engineers – created a tower of cut granite, with the light itself coming into operation in 1831.

You're in Northern Headlands territory here, along the Wild Atlantic Way, where fine food is plentiful. Try the delectable Harvey's Point on the shores of Lough Eske. According to the Michelin Guide, its "classic dishes make use of local Donegal produce and are presented in a modern manner".